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Editorials

Early ACCESS: Being a baby is hard work

You don't have to be a child development expert to give a child a great start in life. In fact, it's surprisingly simple and fun. The first three years of life are a period of amazing growth in all areas of a baby's development. Children are learning through everything they do. Providing a ...

Empower property taxpayers with direct notification

Reducing the property burden is a priority for most Iowans. Cities and counties across Iowa are in the process of planning their budgets and holding public hearings. Government spending is at the heart of high property tax rates, and these budget hearings will not just establish what the city ...

Grassley: Prescription drug prices are increasing faster than inflation

A new study showed that from 2007 to 2018, prices for hundreds of drugs rose many times faster than the rate of inflation.List prices on 602 medicines rose by 159%, or 9% annually. After discounts and rebates, net prices increased by 60%, or 4.5% annually. That's 3.5 times the rate of ...

Cornfields, Common Sense and Community

In The LegislatureThis week in the Senate we were finally able to spend more time debating bills on the Senate floor. It was a bit anticlimactic after the crazy pace of the last few weeks. I can assure you that feeling won't last long. In the first few days of debate one thing remains clear, ...

District 72 Update

District 72 NewsletterWeek seven of the session was marked by debate. Most of the bills we are running at this time are non-controversial bills, most receive unanimous or near unanimous support and only take a few minutes to introduce and pass on the House Floor with little or no debate. But ...

Orpheum doesn’t stop competing with private movie houses

Here's the announcement last week from Iowa Valley:Free Orpheum Family Movies Fridays / Saturdays in JulyMARSHALLTOWN The Orpheum Theater Center, 220 E. Main St., is offering a free Summer Family Movie Series thanks to the financial support of several Marshalltown businesses. The movies are ...

Cornfields, Common Sense and Community

In The LegislatureFriday, February 21 marks the end of the first funnel week and the sixth week of the 2020 legislature. The best way to describe the environment at the Capitol this week would be to compare it to a busy Las Vegas casino. Legislators were bustling between subcommittee meetings ...

District 72 Update

Newsletter for February 13, 2020Week five is done and many bills are working their way through the committee process. While the bills that pass through committee get most of the attention, often times the bills that are rejected are interesting to know about as well.One such bill that crossed ...

Iowa’s golden opportunity for pro-growth tax reform

As a result of the federal Tax Cuts and Jobs Act and elimination of numerous job killing regulations, the national economy is growing and states have benefited tremendously from this growth. In 2018 the legislature passed the first major comprehensive tax reform legislation in a decade. ...